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Which Direct Part Marking Method is Best for You?

Posted by Matt Martin

There are many different ways to direct mark a product or part. Each marking method has its own strengths and applications. Here are some examples of different direct part marking solutions offered by Durable Technologies:

Traditional Marking Tools

traditional marking toolsDurable Technologies manufactures and supplies a wide selection of traditional marking tools and supplies for industrial part marking applications including steel stamps and dies, steel type, hand stamps and holders, stencils, industrial mil spec inks, and much more. Our steel stamps and marking dies are custom engineered for identifying a variety of industrial products and can be made for stamping part numbers, patent numbers, trade names, trademarks, special lettering or other data onto flat, curved, concave or convex surfaces.

Impact Presses

impact pressesDurable Technologies' impact presses are simple to set up, easy to operate, and offer excellent repeatability. They provide significant advantages in terms of control, safety, reliability, and are low maintenance. Our impact presses are in used in virtually every manufacturing environment from heavy duty industrial factories to small custom metalworking shops. Durable Technologies can provide you with a turnkey impact press package including custom steel stamps, steel type, type holders, and manual or automatic numbering heads depending on your specific part marking requirements. We can also help you design a custom fixture for your parts to hold them safely and securely in place while marking.

CNC Marking Tools

cnc marking headDurable Technologies supplies easy-to-use, economical, spindle-actuated permanent marking devices for marking a multitude of materials, from tool steel to thin walled plastics. These devices do not rely on electrical or compressed air input and are easily integrated into horizontal and vertical machining centers, and similar CNC machines using a rotating spindle. The DuraDot® marking attachment can be used to create alpha-numeric characters, logos, bar codes and much more in precise low stress dot patterns.

Dot Peen Marking

dot peen markingDurable Technologies' dot peen marking systems, often referred to as pin stamp marking, is a direct part marking process used to mark alpha/numeric characters, logos and 2D data matrix bar codes. Dot peen marking technology is one of the most versatile marking solutions on the market today. Pin stamping is a preferred technology for the aerospace and defense industries because the marks created by the stylus produces very little stress on the part being marked. Dot peen marking equipment capabilities range from simple nameplate requirements to completely integrated solutions for marking directly onto fabricated components in-line. Our electromagnetic dot peen units require no air supply to operate making them a low cost investment with few consumables and little maintenance.

Hot Foil Stamping

hot stamping foilsThe hot stamping process includes a hot stamping press, hot stamping dies or type, and a hot stamping foil. The hot stamping press heats up the die or type, the marking cycle starts when the press engages the heated die or type with the foil and presses the foil in contact with the part to be marked. The press then disengages at the end of the marking cycle leaving behind a crisp, permanent ink mark on the part.

Laser Marking Systems

laser markingDurable Technologies is proud to introduce the DuraLase DL Series line of direct part marking laser systems. DuraLase is ideal for laser part marking, laser engraving, and laser etching for industrial applications. The DuraLase DL Series is a high value, low investment alternative for industrial customers looking for high throughput, ease of use, and no-maintenance direct part marking using a laser marker, laser engraver, or laser etching system.

Ink Jet Printers

industrial ink jetsThere are different kinds of ink jet printers available including small character CIJ printers which are perfect for printing date coding or other traceability information on food and beverage or pharmaceutical packaging substrates. There are also large character DOD printers which were designed for printing on a wide variety of substrates, including corrugated, plastics, metals, paper, foils, and more. There are hi-resolution printers which are ideal for printing hi-resolution text, barcodes, graphics, and symbols on both porous and non-porous substrates. Lastly we offer portable ink jet printers for marking parts around the shop or out in the field, or when the size or weight of the part makes it impractical to mark using stationary printers.

To find out which method is best suited for your particular marking requirements contact us today to speak with one of our marking experts.

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This post was published on April 17, 2012 and updated on October 15, 2020.

Topics: Direct Part Marking, Laser Marking, Impact Presses, Dot Peen Marking, CNC Marking Tools, Marking Tools and Supplies, Industrial Ink Jet Printers, Hot Stamping Foils and Ribbons

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